Storage

A year and a half after first publicly unveiling their new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, Intel is launching the first product incorporating the new memory. The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is an enterprise PCIe 3 x4 NVMe SSD that Intel promises will be the the most responsive data center SSD with lower latency than all of the fastest NAND flash based competitors. After months of touting 3D XPoint memory primarily with rough order of magnitude claims about its performance, endurance and cost relative to DRAM and NAND flash, and after some unexplained delays, Intel is finally providing some concrete specifications and pricing for a complete SSD that is shipping today. The information is more limited than we're accustomed to for their NAND...

Samsung Shows Off A Z-SSD: With New Z-NAND

As the sort of person that can get addicted to deep technology discussions about the latest thing, without due care and attention I could easily fall into the pit...

90 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2017

Seagate Announces Enterprise Capacity 12 TB HDD: 2nd-Gen Helium-Filled Hard Drives

Seagate has introduced its second-generation of helium-filled HDDs. These drives will be aimed at capacity-demanding enterprise and cloud applications, and the new drives store up to 12 TB of...

21 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2017

Best SSDs: Q1 2017

The industry-wide NAND flash shortage has not abated, so there's little good news for consumers since the holiday edition of this guide. The best deals are a few cents...

26 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

The Western Digital Black PCIe SSD (512GB) Review

After acquiring SanDisk and introducing WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, it is no surprise to see Western Digital introduce a WD Black SSD that is a M.2 PCIe...

35 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

Everspin Announces New MRAM Products And Partnerships

Magnetoresistive RAM manufacturer Everspin has announced their first MRAM-based storage products and issued two other press releases about recent accomplishments. Until now, Everspin's business model has been to sell...

21 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

NGD Launches Catalina: a 24 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD with 3D TLC NAND

NGD Systems this week announced its first SSD that also happens to be one of the highest capacity drives in the industry. The NGD Catalina uses a proprietary controller...

10 by Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

Sony Announces SF-G UHS-II SD Cards: Up to Nearly 300 MB/s Read/Write Performance

Sony has announced its new lineup of SD cards for advanced 4K/8K, DSLR, and mirrorless cameras. The new SF-G-series memory cards use the UHS-II bus and one of Sony’s...

19 by Anton Shilov on 2/24/2017

SilverStone Launches SST-TP01-M.2 Thermal Pads for M.2 SSDs

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at...

32 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

Toshiba Samples 64-Layer 512 Gb BiCS 3D NAND, Announces 1 TB BGA SSD

Toshiba on Wednesday said that it had begun to sample its latest BiCS 3D NAND flash memory chips with 64 word layers and 512 Gb capacity. A co-development project...

8 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

Intel Launches Atom C3000 SoCs: Up to 16 Cores for NAS, Servers, Vehicles

Intel this week formally launched its Atom C3000-series processors (formerly codenamed Denverton). The new chips are designed for inexpensive storage servers, NAS applications, as well as autonomous vehicles. The...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

Previewing Silicon Motion SM2260 NVMe Controller With 3D MLC NAND (512GB)

Silicon Motion's SM2260 is their first NVMe PCIe SSD controller. We've already reviewed the Intel SSD 600p using this controller and 3D TLC NAND. This review tests an engineering...

27 by Billy Tallis on 2/17/2017

ADATA's XPG SX950 SATA SSDs: Up to 960GB, 3D MLC NAND, Six Year Warranty

ADATA has launched a new lineup of its XPG-series SSDs, with the new models featuring 3D MLC NAND flash and targeted at gaming PCs. The new XPG SX950 family...

26 by Anton Shilov on 2/16/2017

Toshiba Announces MN-Series HDDs: Up to 8 TB

Toshiba has announced a new family of 3.5" hard drives for home and SOHO NAS devices. The new MN-series HDDs have up to 8 TB of capacity and support...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/15/2017

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB Review: Phison NVMe Tested

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is Patriot's first NVMe SSD, and one of several similar products based on Phison's E7 NVMe controller paired with Toshiba 15nm MLC. The...

42 by Billy Tallis on 2/10/2017

Western Digital Announces SanDisk Skyhawk Enterprise NVMe SSDs

Today Western Digital announced the first enterprise NVMe SSDs under their SanDisk brand. The new SanDisk Skyhawk series are 2.5" U.2 SSDs intended for datacenter use. While Western Digital's...

17 by Billy Tallis on 2/7/2017

The ADATA Ultimate SU800 SSD Review (128GB, 256GB, 512GB)

ADATA's Ultimate SU800 is their first SSD to use 3D NAND and the first 3D NAND SSD from a company that doesn't manufacture their own NAND flash memory. The...

34 by Billy Tallis on 2/1/2017

Seagate Confirms Plans for 12 TB HDD in Near Future, 16 TB HDD Due in 2018

The CEO of Seagate has confirmed plans to release new nearline harddrives with 12 TB capacity in the coming months, and HDDs with 16 TB capacity over the course...

31 by Anton Shilov on 1/30/2017

Mushkin Announces Helix SSDs: 2.5 GB/s, 3D MLC NAND, SM2260, 2 TB Capacity

Mushkin introduced its new lineup of high-performance SSDs at CES. The Helix drives use 3D MLC NAND flash memory as well as Silicon Motion’s SM2260 controller. The M.2 SSDs...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/30/2017

Toshiba Announces Plan to Sell Minority Stake In NAND Flash Production Business

This morning Toshiba has announced that they will be spinning off their chip production business as part of a broader plan to sell off a minority stake in the...

1 by Ryan Smith & Anton Shilov on 1/27/2017

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